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04/19/2007


Bryan Singer Issues Statement Denouncing Sex Abuse Allegations as 'Twisted Shake Down'

X-Men director Bryan Singer issued a statement today regarding allegations by Michael Egan that singer had drugged and raped him when he was 17 as part of a 'sex ring' preying on underage teens.

SingerSaid Singer in the statement, in which he said he was dropping out of the press tour for X-Men:

“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.”


Bryan Singer Accuser Files New Lawsuits, Accuses 3 Entertainment Execs of 'Sex Ring' Participation

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The lawyer representing Michael Egan, who last week accused X-Men Director Bryan Singer of drugging and raping him at 17, has filed three new lawsuits charging entertainment executives in participating in the same "Hollywood sex ring" targeting underage teens, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

5_eganJeff Herman, the lawyer representing the man accusing Bryan Singer of sexual abuse, announced Monday that he has filed three additional sex abuse lawsuits against prolific TV exec Garth Ancier, former Disney TV president David Neuman and Broadway producer Gary Goddard...

...Herman made the announcement Monday at a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The event was attended by plaintiff Michael Egan and his mother, who broke into tears during the conference.

"We've alleged that there's a Hollywood sex ring, one of several sex rings," said Herman.

The suits allege that the three men were part of the same Hollywood sex ring that allegedly involved Singer. Herman says Egan was sexually abused by all three men at a home in Encino, Calif., and in Hawaii, and that force was used. The suit against Goddard includes an allegation of abuse when Egan was 15.

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Singer's lawyer says he was not in Hawaii during the time Egan claimed he abused him.

Two of the newly-accused men have responded, according to THR:

UPDATED: The Hollywood Reporter reached out to all three new defendants and/or their representatives. Goddard’s attorney Alan Grodin said in an email, “Gary is in China right now and we will have a proper statement in due course but needless to say this is without merit.”

Neuman, in five tweets, said “Hey everyone: obviously I have to be talking to and through lawyers, but I just want everyone to know right now that the disgusting allegations made against me are COMPLETELY FALSE. Also very shocking in that they don’t just stretch the truth, they are whole-cloth lies with zero basis in reality or truth. Sickening, and very evil, for anyone to lie like that, let alone in a legal document. Stay tuned; I will set the record straight. And thank you to the many friends who have reached out to me with messages of faith and support. I deeply appreciate it.”

Ancier has yet to respond.

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Bryan Singer Was Not In Hawaii During Sexual Assault Claim, Says Lawyer

A defense attorney for Bryan Singer said on Friday that credit card receipts, telephone records and production schedules show the ‘X-Men’ franchise director was not in Hawaii when a lawsuit claims he sexually abused a 17-year-old on the island.

The AP reports:

Bryan singerSinger was mainly in Toronto working on the first "X-Men" movie from August through October 1999, defense attorney Marty Singer told The Associated Press.

A lawsuit filed by a former child model, Michael Egan III, says Bryan Singer abused him several times over those three months as well as earlier in California as part of a Hollywood sex ring led by another man convicted of luring minors across state lines for sex.

"This was Bryan's first studio film," Marty Singer said. "Clearly, he's not going to take a break in the middle of this movie while you're shooting and prepping it to go to Hawaii."

Egan’s lawyer has yet to comment on the development. 


Bryan Singer Accuser Describes Being Used Like 'Piece of Meat' by 'Evil' Group: VIDEO

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At a press conference with his lawyer Jeff Herman on Thursday, the man accusing Bryan Singer of drugging and raping him when he was 17-years-old told reporters that he had tried to repress the memory following the experience and also turned to drinking.

SingerMichael Egan said that he became sober two years ago and entered trauma therapy, which he has been undergoing for 11 months.

Egan tells the story of how he moved to L.A. to pursue acting, went to a private school in the Valley, and met the younger brother of Chad Shackley, one of the men who owned the house in Encino where the parties and assaults took place.

Egan described how he was pulled aside for "threat sessions".

Said Egan:

"At the end of the day if you don't keep the members of this group happy - we control Hollywood - we can eliminate you - we will eliminate you. At the house I had drugs put in drinks, I had liquor poured down my throat. There were rules in the house of no swimsuits, no clothes out by the pool area. I was raped numerous times in that house by numerous individuals. Various types of sexual abuse all throughout that house. You were like a piece of meat to these people and they passed you around between them. If I can define what that house was - it's evil."

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Singer's attorney is fighting back:

“The claims made today about Bryan Singer are completely fabricated. We look forward to our bringing a claim for malicious prosecution against Mr. Egan and his attorney after we prevail. It is obvious that plaintiff’s attorney is not looking to litigate the case on its merits. This matter is nothing more than the attorney seeking to get his 15 minutes of fame by sending out a press release with his ‘media consultant’ yesterday and following up with a press conference today. Attorneys who try cases don’t hold press conferences.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Egan filed a suit over sexual abuse in 2000 but didn't name Singer:

The 2000 suit was filed by several individuals, including one identified as "Michael E, a minor, by and through his guardian ad litem, Bonnie Mound." The plaintiff in the suit filed Wednesday is Michael Egan. The birthday given for “Michael E” would make him 31 today, which is Egan's age.

"It's clear that these statements are fabricated," said Singer's attorney Martin Singer in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "If Bryan had done anything wrong, he would have been included in the previous lawsuit."

Egan's lawyer's publicist told THR: "From what I understand, Michael had previously disclosed the allegations against Bryan Singer, and questions about the previous lawsuit involving the DEN people should be directed to the lawyer involved in that suit." ...

...The 2000 suit does not expressly reference the September 1999 party alleged in the more recent suit. Rather, the 2000 suit appears to encompass a period of time that is consistent with and including the 1999 party.

Both the recent lawsuit and the one from 2000 say that the Los Angeles parties were held at a mansion in Encino referred to as the M & C Estate, whose residents were Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, whose younger brother Scott Shackley was in Egan's high-school class.

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Meanwhile, Buzzfeed reports that "ABC will re-edit commercials for its new drama Black Box to remove any mention of Singer, the show’s executive producer."

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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexual Abuse of Underage Teen

X-Men director Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teen boy at estates in L.A. and Hawaii 15 years ago, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

SingerThe plaintiff is Michael F. Egan III, a Nevada resident who grew up in the Midwest and moved to Los Angeles with his family as a teen to further his acting career. Egan, who is 31 today and describes himself as heterosexual, filed the suit without a pseudonym and his name appears in a press release issued by his counsel. He alleges that Singer and others threatened to make or break his Hollywood aspirations depending on whether he kept them happy.

Egan has contacted police authorities, his lawyer’s media director told THR. An LAPD spokesperson said he had not seen a complaint but would look further, and messages left with the Honolulu Police Dept. were not returned.

The lawsuit reads:

Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.

Others were involved as well, according to the legal filing:

According to the suit, the Los Angeles parties were held at a mansion in Encino referred to as the M & C Estate, whose residents were Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley, whose younger brother Scott Shackley was in Egan’s high school class. Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley were principals of Digital Entertainment Network, an early online streaming video company. The complaint asserts that Collins-Rector sexually abused Egan and threatened him with a gun, but does not name him as a defendant.

(Collins-Rector subsequently was charged and pled guilty to transporting minors across state lines for sex, and is a registered sex offender.)

Singer's lawyer Marty Singer denied the charges:

"The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit.  We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit...It is obvious that this case was filed in an attempt to get publicity at a time when Bryan's new movie is about to open in a few weeks."


Here's the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Trailer: VIDEO

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Director Bryan Singer spoke about the trailer with MTV News:

"I asked for something emotionally driven for this first piece, to just reintroduce characters and the stakes. It's got plenty of action and scope, but I think at it's core to remind audiences of the world, the stakes, and the characters, so it was nice to lead with a piece like this. To be honest, I was very fond of the 'Man of Steel' trailer. I felt really felt that it captivated the heart of that character. I wanted something similar to that."

Of Mystique, he says: "It's much, much closer, from the hairstyle to her agility. She hasn't quite become the cold assassin that Rebecca was, but she's headed on that course. It's much more closer to that character from 'X1' and 'X2,' from the innocent character that she was in 'First Class.'"

And of Wolverine: "I felt that enough had happened and that even Wolverine is getting a bit beaten down and haggard in this new world. I thought it would be appropriate to bring in the famous gray around the temples that he had in the comic. I really like that."

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